Capital Area Private Defender Service


Become a Mentor


Thank you for your interest in contributing your time to developing the skills of your fellow attorneys.  We are seeking attorneys who would like to participate as our mentors in our 2018 Mentoring Programs. We hope that all of you will consider being a part of this program so that your years of experience and knowledge can be relied on to improve indigent defense in Travis County.  CAPDS is accepting applications for the mentorship program until December 31st; however, priority will be given to those who submit by December 15th.


We are seeking mentors for both our Felony A mentorship program and our Misdemeanor Panel mentorship program.


Felony Mentor


This is for a two year contract position with CAPDS. The mentor will be paid for their work, both as a trainer and for co-counseling opportunities.  While the mentor does not have to be currently active on the CAPDS Panel, the mentor must exhibit a commitment to indigent defense and a familiarity with both fact and mitigation investigations.


Mentor Commitments:


  1. Mentor must be available for mentor training prior to March 5, 2017.
  2. Mentor must be present and available during the week of mentee training from March 5th - 9th. Mentor should be available to assist CAPDS in teaching various substantive topics. Mentor should plan on attending most, if not all, of the training so they can offer feedback and assist in the training.
  3. Mentor must devote time each week to the mentoring program. (3-5 hours per week on average)
  4. Mentor will be assigned as co-counsel to mentees on appropriate cases.
  5. Mentor must be familiar with client-centered representation and practicing law according to the Texas State Bar Non-Capital Criminal Defense Guidelines.
  6. Mentors should also be available for questions that arise during the course of the mentorship program.


​Mentor Qualifications:


We are seeking mentors committed to indigent defense and who are currently on the CAPDS Felony A Panel or are qualified to be on the CAPDS Felony A Panel.  Apply here.


Misdemeanor Mentor


This is for a six month contract position with CAPDS. The mentor will be paid for their work, both as a trainer and for co-counseling opportunities.  The mentor must to be currently active on the CAPDS Panel.


Mentor Commitments:


  1. Mentors must be available for mentor training prior to March 5, 2017.
  2. Mentors must be present and available during the week of mentee training from March 5th - 9th. Mentor should be available to assist CAPDS in teaching various substantive topics. Mentor should plan on attending most, if not all, of the training so they can offer feedback and assist in the training.
  3. Mentors should be available for regular meetings with their mentee(s) from March 9th to September 30th.
  4. If mentors have a case that goes to trial, the mentee should second chair it.
  5. If a mentee has a case that goes to trial, the mentor should be the second chair.
  6. Mentors will have to sign off after each meeting that they have met with the mentee and discussed appropriate topics.
  7. Mentors should also be available for questions that arise during the course of the mentorship program.

Mentor Qualifications:


We are seeking mentors committed to indigent defense and who are currently on the CAPDS Felony Panels.


Thank you for your interest in becoming a CAPDS mentor.  Apply here.  Email mentorship@capds.org with any questions or concerns.